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Wow, I know it’s been a while since I blogged. Partly because I’ve been busy but mainly because not much out there that I thought was interesting. THIS IS INTERESTING! I was browsing through several blogs (my daily routine) and stopped over at Supertouch (a great art/lifestyle blog). It seems that the great Frank Genry has come up with another masterpiece. BEAUTIFUL. Unlike his ever so shitty and conservative renovation of Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), his West Paris’ Louis Vutton Foundation for Creation is truly, just TRULY spectular. His “cloud made up of glass” structure will hold art collections, exhibits and other functions for the French luxury goods company LVMH Moët Hennessy. The structure will be completed around 2009, 2010 and will cost an estimated 127 million.

To be honest, 127 million doesn’t seem like that much for something that will definitely become a future landmark for the city. It’s amazing what Gehry (the celebritect) can still create even after building so many landmarks already. Which begs the question why Gehry’s design for the AGO is so crappy? Perhaps he’s still bitter about his time in Toronto (being a Torontoian). Anyways, hopefully I will be alive to see the day which Toronto will hold such structures such as this.

Information/Photo VIA Supertouch

Lab25

September 13, 2006

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Portfolio of designer David Torres. Check it out. Very cool shit.

LED Wallpaper by Ingo Maurer

September 10, 2006

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Designed by Indo Maurer, this light designer provides a new take on the wallpaper. Very innovative and “new media” if you ask me.

Via Gizmodo

Claude Lelouch’s Rendezvous

September 3, 2006

Read about it in the pages of GQ, Rendezvous is 8 minutes of what seems to be a Ferrari racing through the streets of Paris. I must agree with them, its just plain cool. It was created in 1976 but its been getting a lot of buzz. Worth checking out.

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I’ve been quite busy at work and I’ve been pretty lazy to upload my pics from my camera. Nevertheless, here it is. Great exhibit. I underestimated the artists in Hong Kong and after seeing several artists and their work at the 450 Sq Ft Exhibition, I see a huge foundation building in Hong Kong’s street art scene. Their style is very unique. It’s not quite graffiti and it’s very “mainstream” as one would put it. But I like what they’re doing out here. It’s not as established as places such as New York or Berlin but I have to say I saw a lot of unique works at this exhibition. If you’re looking to check out, the exhibition was held during the month of July so unfortunately you’re too late (I went on the last day ;-))

Here are some photos just in case you missed it:
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OMM Handkerchief Design

August 2, 2006

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Here’s something I made for OMM‘s Handkerchief Design Competition. The theme was Asian heritage and mind-healing zen so this is what I came up with. It’s not the best work I’ve done but I’m kinda satisfied with it. Don’t really mind if I win, just glad I made something during my spare time.

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The photography of Weegee reminded me a lot of Boogie’s photography. To me, Boogie’s work now is what Weegee’s work was back then. Vividly capturing the underground world of drugs, gangs and street culture in New York, Boogie’s eye of photography is flawless as his photos describe the hard life of the ghettos, particularly Harlem, Brooklyn as well as some photos from Brazil.

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I’m still hungover from Friday night. I barely went to work on Saturday and I didn’t want the weekend to be a complete waste so I headed to the library on Sunday to do some research for a project which I won’t describe just yet. (Keeping it “hush-hush” for now 😉 )

While rummaging through photography books and catalogues, I managed to find interesting photography from a great photographer named Arthur Fellig. Arthur Fellig, otherwise known as Weegee, contributed images of murder, mayhem, and drama to New York’s press through the 1930’s and 40’s. Weegee derived his name from the phonetic spelling of Ouija, claiming that psychic powers enabled him to be the first at crime scenes, fires, etc.

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Walking aimlessly around my office during lunch, I managed to find a cool tshirt/graphic store oddly placed on Gage Street, which is mostly dominated by food markets. Fill In The _____s creates their own line of tshirts, clothing and graphics. Their current limited edition tshirts are mostly influenced by Chinese propaganda and Maoist ideals. Check it out if you happen to be in the Soho, Central district of Hong Kong.

Fill in the _____s, G/F 47 Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong, http://www.fitb.com.hk

BL:ND

June 24, 2006

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Check out this impressive portfolio by this Santa Monica based graphic/animation production company. They've done commercials for Nike, Quicksilver, T-Mobile and Scion as well as music videos for Jet and of course Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" (as you can tell from the photo). I discovered this company because I just RECENTLY saw the "Crazy" video on MTV Asia. (MTV is bad. Very addictive and manipulative if you really pay attention) I haven't watched music videos in a while and I must say, this video is probably the most unique video I've seen in a while (probably since Michel Gondry's The Vines – Winning Days (2005) or Steriögram – Walkie Talkie Man (2004)) Anyways, check Gnarls Barkley's video 'Crazy" here if you've been under a rock like me.